Hi! I am Karen McCurtain-Blair, a watercolorist living and working in Costilla, NM. Stop #2 on this years Studio Tour!
I’ve been living there in the Northern most bit of New Mexico since the early 90’s and never have I been at a lack of beautiful scenes to paint. I paint my world the way I see it and then I enjoy watching how people react and connect to it. I’m glad when I know my art has brought joy to, or inspired another.
People ask me about my process. Well first there’s the emotional connection and that has to be there for me, no matter if it’s an old truck or tractor, pile of rocks, or a beautiful vista. I then do a detailed drawing that can take days. Once the drawing is done, I feel on some level the painting is already done because I’ve become what I’m about to paint. Next comes a loose full color underpainting followed by multiple glazes. Final days are spent doing drybrush texture and detail.
I usually paint in high chroma because I don’t believe watercolors ever have to be whimpy! I also believe that the dance of life is love, and that my watercolors are a reflection of it. Stop by Stop 2!